Archive - 2017

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My First Time Doing Stand-Up
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My Welcome Back to San Francisco From a Homeless Man
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How to Cope With Your Post Grad Identity Crisis
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The Pros and Cons of Teaching Online
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La Matanza (The Slaughter)

My First Time Doing Stand-Up

I love stand-up and have recently had the itch to try it out myself. After a few months of being a wuss, I finally went to an open mic in San Francisco at the Brainwash cafe. The place was v-shaped and split down the middle with a laundromat on one half and a bar on the other (I feel they really missed out on the opportunity to name it ‘Suds’, but maybe that’s too common a laundromat name. Perhaps ‘Sudz’ with a ‘z’ to attract the quirky hipster crowd).

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My Welcome Back to San Francisco From a Homeless Man

I hadn’t been to San Francisco in over a year and was excited to see the city again. I’d spent the past two months unsuccessfully hunting for jobs in the SF tech world and had begun to feel like my having an Economics/Accounting degree was about the same as saying that I’d chewed rocks for four years. Fortunately, a company was interested in just such a rock chewer, so I came to San Francisco for an on-site interview.

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How to Cope With Your Post Grad Identity Crisis

Throughout this post I’ll be talking about identity a lot, so I’d like to start by defining what that word means to me. The simplest thing that I can think to say is when we ask ourselves the question, “Who am I?” what comes to mind? I like to break my answer up into two parts: the roles I play and character traits. By roles, I mean things like father, friend, profession – the areas of our lives where we attempt to derive purpose; and with character traits, I’m talking about stuff like pretty, funny, short, smart, etc. – stuff that’s less important than our role, but still significant in determining how we view the world and how we feel the world views us.

I also won’t be addressing religious/spiritual answers to identity because that’s an area that I’m still working through myself. I will be using Buddhism as a means of deconstructing identity, but I won’t be talking about Buddhism’s answer to who we ultimately are. Most religions/spiritual beliefs would say that we are an eternal soul, or the Universe, or nature, or the image of God, or something along those lines, and while these concepts of who we are are certainly worth delving into, they are not something I feel confident talking about, so I’ll be limiting this post to a discussion of secular identity.

More specifically, I’ll be talking about the loss of identity that many people experience after they finish their schooling.

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The Pros and Cons of Teaching Online

Everyday, I spend four hours teaching English to little kids in China via my laptop. As with any job, it has its positive and negative aspects. Here they are:

Pro – The Commute

I teach in my room, which means I have about a six foot trip from my bed to my desk to get to work. There’s usually very little traffic, except for the one day that there was a spider on the floor which did cause some serious delays.

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La Matanza (The Slaughter)

This past Christmas was a little different for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to afford a plane ticket home, which meant that I missed out on the timeless family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree while blasting the Spice Girl’s rendition of Sleigh Ride in the background (a classic for those who’ve never heard it). Instead, I found myself with my roommate’s family in Valderros – a Spanish village of 300 people where they celebrated a rather unique Christmas tradition.

It’s called La Matanza, and it involved the killing of four pigs. This may seem like a brutal tradition, but in comparison with the animals I saw at Primark trampling over each other in a consumer frenzy, it felt right at home with the holiday spirit.

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